Stutzman Statement On Suspected Iran Payoff

Press Release

Date: Aug. 4, 2016
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Foreign Affairs

Congressman Marlin Stutzman (IN-03) released the following statement after reports surfaced outlining the Obama administration's payment of $400 million in exchange for three Americans held in Tehran in January:

"I was blown away to read that a $400 million cash ransom payment was covertly shipped to Iran on the day Americans were released by Tehran. I have said this time and time again: Iran should not be trusted-- they have been a sponsor of terror for decades. I cannot fathom why this administration continues to play naive instead of ensuring the security and safety of the United States. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House and Senate to solidify legislation that bans any future ransom payments by the U.S. government to countries or groups that take Americans hostage."